Welcome to the TRB Lounge. Today, I’d like to welcome Thomas Josef, author of Incoming! Secrets Of A Contract Warrior In Afghanistan, for an author interview.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Thomas Josef is a native of Wisconsin and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He hiked the epic 2,200+ mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in his mid-twenties. Thereafter, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia, North Africa. He studied Spanish in Mexico, Guatemala, and Ecuador. With his passion for travel and adventure, he took a military contractor position with a Fortune 500 engineering and construction company to serve the Warfighters of Afghanistan. This is his story of that time and his first book.
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Can you please tell my readers a little bit about yourself?
Please tell us about your book?
How long did it take you to write it?
Why did you choose this topic?
Which writers in your field inspire you?
What inspired you to write?
Are you working on any other project(s) right now? If yes, what are they?
How do you prefer to write? On computer/laptop, typewriter, dictation or longhand with a pen?
I prefer to write using a computer or laptop. I can’t imagine how writers did it before computers.
What are your 5 favorite books and 5 favorite authors?
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- The Kite Runner and 10,000 Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
- The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
Non-Fiction deals with a lot of facts and real-life study. How do you deal with the all research work?
What advice would you give to new aspiring authors in your genre?
Thank you, Thomas, for all your honest answers and for the simple yet powerful writing advice!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Incoming! Secrets Of A Contract Warrior In Afghanistan
INCOMINGis an intimate view of one man’s highs and lows during his four and half years of work as a military contractor at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.
Thomas’ account explores the oftentimes melancholy details of working in a war zone, but equally delves into the beautiful cultivation of lasting friendships, libidinous love affairs, and the many other ways one must find to help them endure a life away from home and family.
Through his vivid recollections of training as a marathon runner, as well as the amorous but sometimes tumultuous exploration of life as a gay man on a military base, Thomas offers a political and social commentary along the way. For every harrowing moment dealing with personal or wartime bleakness, there’s an equally uplifting reminder that we find peace and happiness within ourselves and those we choose as companions.
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